Alastair joined Darling Associates in 2018 as a Director in the London studio.
He is responsible for a number of high profile complex mixed-use commercial and urban masterplan projects in the UK.
In addition to ‘front-ending’ initial site design and development appraisal projects with clients and the project team, Alastair leads both the design and implementation of projects through to successful implementation on site.
In his previous roles at NORR and ESA Design, Alastair specialised in the office, business park, retail, leisure, hotel, residential and mixed-use sectors both in the UK and Europe.
Alexander joined Darling Associates in February 2019 and is currently responsible for a series of projects in London and around the UK specialising in commercial and residential sectors.
His skills range from developing the initial brief and delivering initial conceptual work, the detailed design and key planning stages of a project through to its delivery and completion, whilst working closely with the client, design and contractor teams at each of these key stages. His particular expertise is in frontend design, taking projects from concept to developed scheme design, utilising 3D modelling and visualisation.
Alexander has previously gained over 8 years of experience in the architectural industry working for a number of London based & design-led, top 10 AJ100 practices. During this time he has managed projects from inception to completion, working alongside a number of high profile private sector clients. His portfolio includes schemes that vary in scale across numerous sectors, including commercial office, residential, retail, and hotels.
Alex joined Darling Associates in 2018 as a Part II Architectural Assistant and is currently studying towards her Part III.
She is helping to deliver 120 Moorgate, a 12,400 m2 8-storey mixed-use shell and core redevelopment in the City of London. Her current role has involved the construction detailing of the contemporary precast concrete and other façades, and subsequently the roofing and internal packages. Now progressing well on site, she is working with the novated team to deliver the refurbishment to program.
Prior to joining Darling Associates, she worked in London for 2 years, where she was involved in the design and delivery of a multi-award winning £120m luxury mixed-use scheme, Buckingham Green, in the heart of Westminster.
Alex has worked across a number of project sectors and scales, including listed buildings and refurbishments in conservation areas, private residential and developer-led schemes.
Athina joined Darling Associates in 2019 as an Architect. She is currently working on office buildings and mixed-use residential schemes from initial concept to detailed design and construction documents.
Athina graduated from the Bartlett School of Architecture University College London, where she acquired a Masters in Architectural Design. Her design thesis project was awarded the Design Thesis Prize and the Computational Prize of the Year. She also holds a 5-year Diploma in Architectural Engineering from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki where she also graduated with Honours. She is a qualified Architect and a member of the Technical Chamber of Greece and ARB.
Prior to joining Darling Associates, she has worked in studios based in Greece and the Netherlands, working on a wide range of residential, retail and urban design projects of different scales.
Prior to joining Darling Associates in 2014, Bartosz has worked on a range of architectural projects in Poland, San Diego, Dublin and Berlin.
He has experience in delivering of a broad range of projects including large-scale residential developments, refurbishment, masterplanning and commercial projects.
Carla graduated from the School of Architecture, University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa in 1995 and has worked with Darling Associates for over 15 years.
She has been involved and responsible for the design, management and delivery of a broad range of projects including large-scale residential developments, luxury residential and commercial projects both new builds and refurbishments including listed buildings.
She now works as a technical architect on a variety of projects.
Carolina joined Darling Associates in 2014.
Since then she has been involved in a variety of office and residential projects from affordable to high-end developments in London.
Currently, she is working on a variety of residential projects including PRS and luxury residential.
In 2013, Carolina graduated as an Architect from the Faculty of Architecture, Design & Urbanism, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina and prior to joining Darling Associates, she worked in a small architecture office in South East London for over a year. She was responsible for the design, from conception and feasibility through to planning and tender stage of residential extensions, conversions and new builds.
Carolina has a strong sense of design and is willing to expand her experience and portfolio in residential work further.
Carolina moved to London in 2005 to study a Masters in Architectural History & Theory, joining Darling Associates the following year.
She studied architecture in Chile and has worked on educational projects and transport developments.
At Darling Associates, Carolina was responsible for the delivery of residential and office refurbishments projects in London before becoming team leader on the high-profile luxury residential project One Hyde Park. Her role on this project gained her the title of Associate.
As Project Director, Carolina worked on the high-end residential project Audley Square House in Mayfair.
Now a Technical Director, Carolina is currently working on a series of housing developments for clients such as Eutopia Homes, Top Hat and Welbeck Land.
Catriona joined Darling Associates in 2014. Since then she has been involved in a variety of projects in London and the UK, specialising in the residential and commercial sectors. Projects include new build offices, residential towers, mixed-use developments and refurbishments of Grade II Listed Buildings.
Current projects include the refurbishment and extension of a Central London hotel and the change of use of a Grade II Listed school into a nursing home. Catriona was also part of the team that successfully delivered the recently completed 3 Glass Wharf, a new build office in Bristol, where she gained significant technical design and site experience.
Catriona graduated from Queens University Belfast in 2011 and prior to joining Darling Associates she worked on small scale residential projects, from inception through to completion, for private clients in Ireland. Catriona enjoys working with all members of the design and construction team and values comprehensive coordination in design.
Celina joined Darling Associates in 2012 as a Receptionist after having finished a Bachelor Degree in Architecture and a Masters in Landscape Architecture. Her skills were soon used as an architectural assistant whilst still working with the admin team. She then continued her studies to achieve Part II, whilst still working part-time as an Architectural Assistant.,
Working across a variety of sectors, Celina’s responsibilities involve the preparation, development of drawings, visuals and other documents relating to design and management of projects. In addition, she works collaboratively to develop design options for further discussion within the design team.
She is currently working on Project Brunel, a Major 210,000 sq ft new-build office development in Bristol’s Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone, adjacent to
3 Glass Wharf.
Celina graduated from the RIBA North West in 2019 and has gained all her experience whilst working for Darling Associates. She has since joining worked on a range of projects including large-scale residential developments, listed buildings, developments in conservation areas, refurbishment and commercial projects.
Chris set up Darling Associates Architecture in 2003, drawing on his wide-ranging experience and quickly established the company as a leading design-led practice. He offers vision and leadership in all our projects, ensuring the highest of standards in both design output and client satisfaction.
After studying Architecture at the University of Edinburgh, he was awarded a Carnegie Scholarship for design and graduated with honours. Chris joined Frederick Gibberd where he was appointed Principal Associate. His main achievement was a 30,000 sqm retail centre involving extensive urban improvements.
After ten years at Gibberd, he joined Terry Farrell and Partners where he was responsible for the practice’s Crossrail team before joining Hamilton Associates in 1994. At Hamilton’s, he worked on a mixture of the workplace and major residential projects and was appointed an Equity Director in 1997. He was responsible for 40 Berkeley Square, Cambridge Business Park offices schemes together with major residential projects in London at Richmond Bridge, Artillery Mansions and Trevor Square.
Chris’ interest lies with developing an architectural language around the principles of proportion, harmony and the careful selection and detailing of materials. Whilst his expertise lies in the areas of residential, hotel and offices design, he pushes the practice forward into new and constantly evolving territory, always striving to ensure the approach remains fresh and the highest standards are achieved.
Outside the office, he is an enthusiastic yachtsman and a keen member of Itchenor Sailing Club.
Chryssa joined Darling Associates in 2019.
She graduated from the National Technical University of Athens School of Architecture in 2011 and prior to joining Darling Associates, she worked in Athens and London for 7 years.
She was responsible for the design and delivery of a broad range of projects across sectors and scales including new-built residential, education and commercial developments, as well as high-end refurbishment projects.
She also specialises in Building Information Modelling having worked on projects of various scales in Greece and the UK.
Fiona first joined Darling Associates in 2017 after completing her undergraduate studies at the Welsh School of Architecture. Whilst working as a Part I, she continued to study, undertaking the first year of her Master’s degree part-time, before returning to graduate in the summer of 2019.
Current projects include multi-use developments, commercial buildings, high-end residential and interior design.
Floreana graduated as an Architect and Building Engineer from the University of Cagliari in Sardinia with first-class honours in 2005. After gaining a year of experience working at AMC Association where she was involved in a wide variety of projects, she moved to London.
Floreana joined Darling Associates in 2007 and since then she has been an integral part of the team, involved in numerous successfully delivered schemes across London, Abu Dhabi and Sydney.
She has predominantly worked in various luxury residential schemes such as One Hyde Park and One Tower Bridge for Berkeley Homes, where she led the team from concept to site.
Floreana has been involved in One Sydney Harbour project and been responsible for the interior design of Renzo Piano’s three residential towers. For this project, she relocated to Sydney for a few months and coordinated the project directly with the client.
She is currently involved in a number of office and residential projects in central London for Cheval Property.
Gareth’s keen eye for ensuring an extremely high threshold of design quality, combined with his commitment to delivering the very best outputs and value for clients, is paramount to his professional approach.
His expertise perfectly reflects that of the wider practice, with an extensive focus on major residential projects. However, among all of the Darling Associates Directors, he also has the most active experience in designing and delivering industrial and commercial projects. In addition to his client projects, Gareth’s leadership responsibilities extend to business development, client relationship management and finance.
Gareth maintains a very measured and level headed manner and is well regarded by colleagues for bringing a calming approach, and taking the lead, in any challenging situations that may arise during the course of the working day. His approachable, proactive and diligent attitude has held him in good stead for developing long-lasting relationships with many repeat clients.
In addition, Gareth is engaged on several commercial and residential projects on or around Brompton Road in Knightsbridge for APML Estate, including Montpellier House, OneOneSix (Moreau House), 160 Brompton Road, and 122 Brompton Road.
Guy joined Darling Associates for the first time in 2013 as a Part I Architectural Assistant. Building on experience and skills gained from practice in surveying and project management, he has been engaged in the construction phase of projects whilst also working on the development of complex mixed-use projects involving sensitive planning and conservation considerations.
Guy has a breadth of project types in his experience covering both high-end and affordable residential, commercial office and detailed involvement in the design of a children’s nursery at the Lollard street scheme.
During his time he has developed an appreciation for the value of comprehensive coordination in design and used these skill to become a key team member on a number of projects.
Guy rejoined the practice in 2016 following his Masters in Architecture and has since has led the completion of Axtell House where he gained significant technical design and site experience. Guy has since applied his learning to two planning application scheme at Seaforth Place and Film House. Guy qualified in August 2019 with distinction from
Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL.
James joined Darling Associates in 2017. He is currently working on a series of projects in London and around the UK specialising in residential and commercial sectors.
Currently researching the neglected uses of green space within urban areas in the light of twentieth-century and early twenty-first-century planning theories. The aim of the thesis is to articulate a new type of urban space through design and fieldwork.
James graduated from the Kent School of Architecture in 2014 and prior to joining Darling Associates, he worked in Kent and briefly in New Zealand. He has been responsible for the design and delivery of a broad range of projects including large-scale residential developments, bespoke individual dwellings, developments in conservation areas, master planning, commercial projects.
Javier joined Darling Associates in 2019. He is responsible for the development and implementation of the DAA BIM system to drive production quality and efficiency as well as overseeing and monitoring staff Revit training and development.
His is experienced in delivering BIM on a variety of project types from large residential to hotel, offices and BIM Level 2 healthcare projects.
Javier graduated from the School of Architecture, University of Seville in 2014, specialising in BIM Management after having completed his MSc at the University of the West of England. Prior to joining Darling Associates, he worked in London for 3 and a half years, driving the adoption and implementation of BIM across the construction industry.
He was involved in two major NHS funded BIM Level 2 projects, acting as Task Information Manager and Information Manager, driving and guiding the client and consultants during the entire process and ensuring NHS Information Requirements and Standards were always met.
Katharine joined Darling Associates in 2016 and has progressed through her architectural qualifications whilst working full time. She qualified as an Architect in 2019 with a distinction from London Metropolitan University.
Katharine has worked across a number of project sectors and scales, including high-end private residential and developer-led schemes.
She is currently delivering a £17.5million fit-out scheme in Mayfair, in collaboration with prestigious interior designers based in Paris. Through efficient, tenacious co-ordination and review of Stage 3 hand-over information, DAA has secured a second penthouse scheme within the same development.
Prior to joining DAA, Katharine has acted as an Architectural Specialist head hunter, working with leading practices to develop their management teams. She has lectured at the Bartlett and Manchester School of Architecture during their Careers lecture series. She is a member of NAWIC and actively engages within the architectural industry.
After studying Architecture and Building Engineer at the University of Cagliari, Italy, she went on to work for Massimiliano Fuksas’ architectural practice in Rome. While there she worked on international and local projects of different natures, ranging from design competitions to working drawings. Her main project achievement was the New European Congress Centre in Rome, which she followed through all the stages of the design process.
After two years at Fuksas’ she joined Fosters and Partners in London in 2007 and has since worked on the Central Market Project in Abu Dhabi, being involved in the design of the project through to overseeing construction.
In 2009 she relocated to Abu Dhabi, joining the Central Market team on site.
On-site, she was working in a team performing aesthetic supervision of the works, quality control, factory visits and tender reviews, liaising with the client, the design team and various contractors.
She relocated to the London head office of F+P in 2012, working on a variety of prestigious projects such as the Zayed National Museum in collaboration with the British Museum, the interior design and fit-out of the Index Office tower, the winning competition of the Mobility Pavilion for Dubai 2020.
In June 2016 she joined Darling Associates Architects team and has since worked on a new office building in Bristol and a high profile residential project in central London which is about to be completed on-site.
Lina joined Darling Associates in February 2019 as a Part 1 Architectural assistant upon graduating her BA(Hons) in Architecture. She is currently working under director Tomas Pierce on a number of small to large-scale projects in the earlier stages of planning.
Current projects include the development of a high-density residential scheme in Salford, a modular-homes scheme which is smaller in scale, the extension of a grade II listed hotel in the centre of London, and the redesigning of a community/children’s’ club in south London with added residential units above.
Lina graduated from the University of Westminster with a second upper-class honours in 2018, and prior to that had obtained a distinction when undertaking a foundation course in Art and Design at Oxford Brookes University. Her previous work experience was with smaller firms in either Oxford and London, where the focus was placed more on extensions of residential homes or newbuild small-scale homes, eventually settling at Darling Associates to obtain her year-out experience.
A driving force within the commercial and residential design teams at Darling Associates, Liz works in close collaboration with her clients to deliver inventive and efficient solutions and cultivates a progressive workplace culture through a hands-on management approach and active social calendar.
Liz has been with Darling Associates since 2010, having previously gained experience in Washington DC, Dublin and Athens. With over 25 years’ experience in large-scale commercial and residential design across the world, she handles planning and delivery of projects from inception to completion, meeting complex challenges with foresight, diplomacy and a wealth of experience to deliver the best result for the client.
Past and present projects include the major 3 Glass Wharf commercial building in Bristol; The Fitzrovia Set, a collection of eight luxury apartments near Regent Street; and the major refurbishment and extension of 6 Agar Street, a West End office building on the edge of Covent Garden.
Within the studio, Liz is responsible for the welfare of the growing Darling Associates’ team, from working dynamics and talent retention to workflow resourcing and ensuring diversity across the practice. She is active in running the studio’s social calendar, including trips away and team building events, helping strengthen relationships within the team and engendering a strong community spirit.
As one of Darling Associates’ key spokespeople for the AR Women in Architecture programme, Liz channels her passions for industry inclusivity into networking events and mentoring programmes aimed at supporting young architects. She is also keen to see a more formal discussion around the contribution that women can make to the architecture profession, with the belief that female architects often undersell themselves.
Rachael joined Darling Associates in 2014 and comes from a diverse background in commercial, residential and automotive projects in the UK.
Rachael has extensive experience in high-end residential projects in Central London including refurbishments of Grade II Listed properties and mixed-use developments.
Rachael is currently working on a number of projects at various stages in Central London and was part of the team that successfully delivered 3 Glass Wharf, a new-build office in Bristol.
Rachael enjoys working with all members of the design and construction team to deliver projects from inception through to completion.
Rupert joined Darling Associates in 2011 as a Part I Architectural Assistant and has continued to add to his skill set since then and grown to be a valuable asset to the office.
Rupert has experience in commercial, residential and mixed-use schemes within Central London including extensions and refurbishments of Grade II Listed properties.
Rupert is currently working on a number of high profile projects at various stages in Central London.
Rupert enjoys working with all members of the design and construction team to deliver projects from inception through to completion.
Samantha first joined Darling Associates in 2019 after completing her Masters at the Welsh School of Architecture.
Samantha has worked across a number of project sectors and scales, including high-end private residential and developer-led schemes.
Currently, her projects include multi-use developments, commercial buildings, high-end and small scale residential.
With the support of Darling Associates Samantha also worked to deliver international charitable projects for communities in need. She has recently come back from Zambia where she delivered 4 classrooms and a teachers office as part of the expansion of a primary school.
Tabby joined Darling Associates in 2006 where she has specialised in the commercial, residential and leisure sectors. Her recent works include a number of high-end residential projects such as 60 Curzon Street, 20 Victoria Gardens in Notting Hill Gate and 140-142 Great Portland Street in Westminster. Her experience with large-scale office refurbishment projects includes 160 Brompton Road in Knightsbridge.
Her other projects include the award-winning Boundary Road, Fermoy Road and Great Peter Street residential developments.
Tabby studied architecture at the University of Greenwich and qualified as an architect in 2005. She has worked in a number of practices throughout her student and working life including the Graham Seabrook Partnership 2000-2001 and Jefferson Sheard Architects Ltd 2003-2006. She has also worked for the government-funded architecture trust ‘The Architecture Centre’ where she helped put together redevelopment competitions to regenerate local areas.
She has experience in a variety of sectors including retail and healthcare and her previous corporate clients include HSBC and Marks & Spencer.
Thomas joined Darling Associates in 2014, following 5 years at Foster + Partners. Since joining, Thomas has been working on a selection of residential projects ranging from affordable to high end, including Ashbridge Street, Woodberry Park and 35 Marylebone High Street.
Thomas graduated from the School of the Built Environment, Oxford Brookes University in 2009. Prior to joining Darling Associates, he worked for Foster + Partners in London, on a range of international projects in Moscow, Hong Kong, and Morocco, alongside residential and commercial projects in central London.
Current projects include the interior architecture of a 183 residential unit scheme in North London, incorporating pool/gym/spa facilities and a high-end residential development consisting of 19 apartments and 5 Townhouses, working alongside Dixon Jones Architects.
Tomas has a strong technical background in architecture which spans back to 2003 when he obtained an Architectural Technology diploma and gained an entry-level architectural experience at a small practice in Dublin. In 2007, upon completion of his BA in Architecture from Queens University in Belfast, Tomas relocated to London. He gained experience of different RIBA project stages, from design to construction, by assisting architects in a range of projects during his three-year appointment at Glenn Howell Architects.
Since joining Darling Associates in 2010, Tomas has been involved in the design as well as the production information of various schemes. His current responsibilities include the design development for a series of prestigious residential, Housing, Build to Rent (BTR), hotels, leisure and commercial projects.
Valia graduated from London South Bank University with distinction in design and was shortlisted for the ‘President Medals 2005’ RIBA competition. She qualified at London Metropolitan University in September 2008.
Prior to her qualification, she spent one year with a small design-led practice in Athens, where she worked on residential and master planning schemes located in various Greek islands, as well as the capital.
Valia joined Darling Associates in 2006. She has successfully completed a variety of prestigious developments in West End including Saint Martins Lofts, Penthouse 59 and Portland Lofts. She is currently working on the delivery of high profile projects in different stages of development in collaboration with distinguished artists and interior designers.
After studying Architecture at University of Florence, Universitat Politecnica De Catalunya and qualifying as an architect in Italy, Vania joined Anna Conti Architecture in Florence, where she managed several in-house projects as well as carrying out research on contemporary housing.
In July 2006, Vania relocated to London and joined Darling Associates. Her experience has grown with the practice and she has been involved in several residential and commercial schemes.
Her portfolio includes private residential schemes in Ealing, Chelsea and Abu Dhabi, an affordable scheme in the Isle of Dogs comprising 189 apartments, hotels and commercial schemes in Ealing and Maidenhead.
Vania become part of the practice’s Design & Masterplanning team and was appointed as Associate.